A MUM is calling for better special educational needs support as she is struggling to find a school to for her son.

Kye Cornwell, four, was diagnosed with autism and ADHD last September.

He has a health education plan which means he has funding to be able to start school this September, however, there are no schools available to meet his needs.

He has already been excluded from two pre-schools and his mum, Dee, is desperate to get him back into an educational setting.

Dee, who of Mersea Road, Colchester, said: “He had verbal delay when he was younger and he did quite a lot of hand flapping.

“His behaviour can be quite challenging, he can lash out if he gets overwhelmed and that can be to anyone in his path.

“He has been used to a nursery setting, he had funding for one-to-one support but those settings were not able to manage his behaviour.

“He was excluded from his second pre-school in May having been there for six weeks.”

It is a worrying time for Dee as she has been told by Essex County Council there is no space for Kye at Market Field School in Elmstead Market, which specialises in children with special educational needs but is oversubscribed.

She was also told his chosen mainstream school, St John’s Green Primary, is concerned it will not be able to meet his needs.

Dee said: “You can’t leave him on his own, he needs constant supervision. There is no safety awareness and his behaviour is unpredictable. Since the exclusion I don’t have any other childcare options as my parents are in their seventies so I’m desperately trying to get him back into that setting.

“Where Kye’s routine has gone his behaviour has escalated. He is an intelligent boy, he just needs the right support.”

She is calling for more special educational needs support and more primary and pre-schools places.

She said: “The education authority has not been very supportive as they are not returning my calls.

“There should be more specialist provision for children like my son.”

An Essex County Council spokesmann said the council is investing in more special school places.

They said: “We cannot comment on details of individual cases, however we can confirm we continue to work with the family directly to address the concerns raised.

“We are committed to working in partnership with the team around every child to ensure all young people in Essex have a positive experience of their education.

“We are continuing to invest significantly in special school provision across Essex, with plans already in place to spend £115 million on creating thousands of new special school places.”

“It is vital all children receive the best possible education within an environment that meets their individual needs and they are able to realise the hopes and aspirations they and their families have for the future.”